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What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific teaching method in which procedures are systematically applied to improve socially significant behavior to a meaningful degree. An ABA program is a systematic teaching approach that involves breaking skills down into small, easy-to-learn steps. Praise or other rewards are used to motivate the child, and progress is continuously measured so the teaching program can be adjusted as needed. ABA is widely recognized as the single most effective treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder and the only treatment shown to lead to substantial, lasting improvements in the lives of individuals with autism. ABA-based treatment strategies maximize the learning potential of persons with ASD, and are flexible, individualized and dynamic.

How can ABA help?
Studies have shown that children with autism who participated in intensive ABA programs showed significant improvements in IQ, language skills, and academic performance. Some children in these studies were able to move successfully to mainstream public school classes, where they can learn alongside typically developing peers. More importantly, every child can benefit from ABA interventions by learning new skills and reducing problem behavior.

How do I get services for my child?
To begin the process for getting services for your child you can printout the Application packet.  Complete all of the information in the packet including submitting additional documentation as specified in the packet and email to Danielle@childrenmakingstrides.com or fax to 508-563-5774.  As soon as the completed packet is received the process will begin.  Make sure that you send in all of the required documents and copies as not to hold up the process.

How long does it take to get started?
The process from when we receive the packet back until when service start usually is between a 2-4 weeks.  After your initial information is sent in and approved by the insurance company, you will need to fill out the Enrollment packet and Parent  assessment packet .  These need to be completed before the assessment, but your child’s intake and assessment appointment can be scheduled before the packet is return to CMS.  The completed packet must be returned to CMS prior to the date of the intake/assessment.  At that intake/assessment appointment a CMS BCBA (supervisor) will meet with you and your child to determine what types of services are needed and develop a treatment plan.  That plan is then submitted to the insurance company. Then the insurance company  sends an authorization for services to start, and CMS can begin to provide services.

Does insurance pay for my services?
In 2010 Massachusetts passed a law under the ARICA legislation requiring private health insurers in Massachusetts to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of ASD.  The legislation affects only certain types of health care policies, so coverage under ARICA depends on the type of insurance coverage that your family has.  Many companies, but not all offer coverage for autism services and therapy commonly known as the “autism benefit”.

The first step in the process is to contact your insurance company and employer to see if you have the autism benefit.  Even if your plan is self-funded, your company may provide coverage under ARICA, and/or cover autism therapies.  If your plan doesn’t provide coverage for therapies, there are options for obtaining insurance through Mass Health and/or the Health Connector to access coverage.  If you insurance provider tells you that you do have the benefit than you need to complete the application packet and return it with all of the required documentation to Children Making Strides.

If you are unsure if you have the autism coverage benefit you can contact our insurance coordinator to assist you with checking.  If you do not have the benefit, our office can also help you in obtaining Mass Health or other insurance that will provide coverage for these services for you. In most cases health insurance pays for autism services in Massachusetts. If your policy does not have the coverage, you can obtain services through MassHealth, the state’s insurance program.  Your policy may cover all costs entirely or there maybe be some out of pocket costs such as deductibles, co-pays, or co-insurance that you will be responsible to pay.  Our insurance coordinator will help you navigate through this process if needed. Children Making Strides currently accepts most major health insurance coverage including Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, United Health Care, United Behavioral Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Neighborhood Health, Beacon Health, Fallon, NPI and MassHealth. For more information on ARICA and how it may affect you or your child, please go to www.disabilityinfo.org/ARICA

How do I know exactly what type of services my child needs?
During the assessment process the BCBA (CMS supervisor) will work with you to determine areas of strength and areas of need to develop a specific comprehensive plan that will best meet the needs of your child.

What type of training does your staff have?
Children Making Strides has been in operation since 1999 so we have a track record of providing services for nearly 20 years to Southeastern Massachusetts.  Our supervisors are licensed BCBA’s with Master’s degrees and extensive years of experience.  All of our therapist are RBT, Registered Behavioral Technician and have passed a national exam to obtain this certification.

Where are intakes and assessments done?
Intakes and assessments can be done at our main office in Pocasset, our Center Campus in Plymouth or in your home.  You can choose the location that would best meet the needs of your child and family.  It is usually quicker to get an appointment in either Plymouth or Pocasset, but choose the location that works best for you.

How can I schedule a medical or diagnostic appointment with Dr. Margaret Bauman?
Dr. Bauman is available to see clients at both out Pocasset and Plymouth locations.  To schedule an appointment with her, call the main office 508-563-5767.  She accepts most insurance coverage and is in the process of becoming a MassHealth provider as well.

“I am writing to you to express how delighted and thankful I am for the guidance that Aimee has shown my family.  I often tell people
that it takes a team to raise a child with PDD-NOS. I truly believe that Aimee is a team player.  I owe a debt of gratitude to Aimee for
all that she has done.  It is because of Aimee that my son is now able to ask for “Chocolate Milk”.  He is now able to tell us when
something hurts, “My tummy hurts”.   He now calls out to me, “Mommy help”.  His eye contact has improved dramatically. My son now
has friends that he plays with and calls out to them, “Let’s play”.  A person like Aimee comes around once in a lifetime.
I can only hope that my son will come across more people like Aimee. …Within one year, ABA therapy has been a godsend to my son. 
I cannot thank Children Making Strides enough for sending me Aimee”.
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